"Wittelsbach Summer Palace" Nymphenburg Palace Tip by nicolaitan

Nymphenburg Palace, Munich: 111 reviews and 285 photos

Three miles north of Munich center, this huge Baroque palace was commissioned by Elector Ferdinand Maria as a gift to his consort Henriette Adelaide of Savoy after the birth of a son and heir to the Wittelsbach dynasty in 1664. The rectangular central section was completed in 1675 in the style of an Italian Villa. The heir, Max Emanuel, added 4 large pavilions also in the Italianate style, but later additions over 100 years were more Baroque and gradually the palace was made over. The grand circle ( Schlossrondel) was added by HRE Charles VII Albert. The court stables were added in 1715 and further predominantly interior renovations were later made by Elector Max III Joseph and the Kings Ludwig I and II.
The 200 acre park, originally Italian in style, was redesigned as an English garden in the early 19th Century, but the long central canal and lakes were preserved. Numerous pavilions were scattered throughout the park including the most famous Amalienburg.
The palace today offers 16 rooms for public view but remains the home of the head of the Wittelsbach family, now a commoner but still called HRH Franz, Duke of Bavaria.

VISITING THE PALACE --- The Nymphenberg Palace is best seen as an individual visitor, easily accessed from Stachus and the main train station on tram 17 offering a nice glimpse of modern Munich along the way. There is then a long one block walk along the tree shaded canal which extends 2 km into central Munich and the adjacent street to the Grand Circle and around to the entrance, a lovely 10 minute walk. We observed the tour busses dropping their sheep for a 20 minute visit to two or three rooms in the main palace and gone again - NOT the right way to visit this this world class complex. At the corner of the tram stop for the return is a delightful little cafe and bakery shop with a largely local clientele and a nice assortment of excellent pastries and good coffee.

Address: Schloß Nymphenburg 1, 80638 Munich
Phone: +49 - 89 - 17908-0
Website: http://www.schloss-nymphenburg.de/englisch/tourist/index.htm

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  • Updated Oct 20, 2007
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